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South Africa Investigates Spate of Infant Deaths

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News May 27, 2010 @ 9:40 pm
image The South African health department is probing a wave of infant deaths at state hospitals, with 181 infant deaths recorded in one facility since January, officials said on Wednesday. "A team of experts is to be set up to investigate the situation and come back with recommendations on how such incidents could be averted in the future," health ministry spokesman Fidel Hadebe said. The Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in the rural town of Mthatha has recorded the highest num...

Risk of GI Bleeding High With Slow-Release NSAIDs

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image The risk of gastrointestinal complications due to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use varies by specific NSAID administered and by dosage, says a study conducted at the Spanish Centre for Pharmacoepidemiological Research. The study further determined that NSAIDs with a long half-life or slow-release formulation are associated with a greater risk of GI bleeding or perforation. Study findings are published in the June issue of IArthritis (and) Rheumatism/I, a journal of th...

Americans’ Blood Pressure Under Control

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News May 26, 2010 @ 9:56 pm
image New research shows that 50 percent of patients with hypertension have adequate control of their blood pressure, meeting a goal of Healthy People 2010, but the rate of hypertension in the U.S. has not decreased in recent years, according to a study in the May 26 issue of IJAMA/I. "Hypertension is a prevalent condition affecting ap-proximately 65 million in-dividuals in the United States based on a preliminary report from the National Health and Nutrition Exami-nation Survey (NHAN...

Cut Back on Sugary Drinks to Lower Blood Pressure

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 9:56 pm
image Drinking fewer sugary drinks, one of the main sources of sugar in the US diet, can help reduce blood pressure, according to a study Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. "Our findings suggest that reducing sugar-sweetened beverages and sugar consumption may be an important dietary strategy to lower blood pressure and further reduce other blood pressure-related diseases," said lead author Liwei Chen of the Louisiana State University health science center. ...

Lubricant Use Increases HIV Risk During Anal Sex

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image Lubricants may make anal sex a comfortable experience, but they may also raise the risk of spreading sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, according to a research. According to two studies presented at the International Microbicides Conference in Pittsburgh, the risk of acquiring HIV through unprotected anal sex is at least 20 times greater than with unprotected vaginal sex and increases if other infections are already present in the rectal lining. In one study...

AIDS Researchers Urge To Lift Ban on Gay Blood Donors

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image Pioneering AIDS researchers call to lift ban that prevents gay men from donating blood in Canada. Since 1983, blood agencies in Canada, the United States and many other industrialized nations have disallowed all blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM.) While a total ban was justified scientifically and ethically in 1983, in 2010 it no longer makes sense, say AIDS researchers Dr. Mark Wainberg and Dr. Norbert Gilmore in an article to be published May 25 in the ICanadia...

Women Less Likely to Undergo Bone Marrow Transplantation

Filed under: Uncategorized — Medindia Health News May 24, 2010 @ 7:12 pm
image African-Americans and women are less likely than Caucasians and men to undergo Women Less Likely to Undergo Bone Marrow Transplantation to treat cancers of the blood. That is the conclusion of a new analysis published early online in ICancer/I, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study's results indicate that additional research is needed to determine why disparities exist in access to bone marrow transplantation and also that the medical community should ...

Home Monitoring, Web-based Tool Dramatically Improves BP Control

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News May 23, 2010 @ 7:20 pm
image For patients with uncontrolled hypertension, a new tool developed by a pharmacist and supported by the American Heart Association's Heart 360 website, to enable self monitoring of blood pressure has shown great results for patients, a study opines. More than 350 patients with uncontrolled hypertension, ages 18 to 85 years, and with Internet access were randomised to the Usual Care (UC) group or the HBPM group. All patients had their blood pressure measured in the c...

Study Says Monkey Version of HIV Older Than Previously Believed

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image Scientists say that SIV, the HIV-like virus that infects monkeys is at least 100,000 if not millions of years old. The vast age of the monkey virus, which does not cause illness in most of its hosts, suggests that it may take a long time for HIV to become equally benign in humans. "Don't expect human evolution to unfold in a timeframe that will do anything good for us. We're not going to evolve adaptations that will mitigate this virus in any acceptable ti...

(Dollor) 6.7 Million Raised by JLo for AIDS Charity at Cannes Auction

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image Hollywood starlet Jennifer Lopez has worked her charm to help raise 6.7 million dollars for AIDS charity at a Cannes Film Festival auction. The 'Back-Up' plan actress tried to tempt the audience to drive up the bids on about 10 luxury lots, which included a gold-plated bottle of champagne and a monkey-shaped pendant in diamonds and gemstones. In fact, Chris Tucker and designer Karl Lagerfeld also tried their hand in encouraging bidding at the Cinema Against...
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